Apr 29, 2015, 1:00 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.
Team slash: .222/.287/.352
Team ERA: 5.95
Runs per game: 3.85
Dan Uggla, 2B: .364 AVG/ 1.364 OPS/ 6 RBI
Uggla may have compiled most of his stats for the week during the Nats’ historic comeback over the Braves Tuesday night, but so what? He turned in what was undoubtedly the most impressive — and uplifting — performance at the plate this year for a club that sorely needed it. One night after saying his team needed to “sack up” following a sixth straight loss, the veteran second baseman backed up his words with action. He went 3-for-5 with a triple and a dramatic three-run homer in the ninth to help give the Nats a stunning 13-12 victory. Given how tough the rest of the week had been going, how could Uggla’s stock not be rising?
Doug Fister, SP: 0-1/ 6.70 ERA/ 1.80 WHIP
This is a spot Fister rarely finds himself in because he’s usually one of the more consistent pitchers in the rotation. But he’s been pretty uneven lately, giving up 10 earned runs combined over his last two outings. And after not allowing a home run in his first two starts, he’s since yielded three. It may be too early to say this is a legitimate trend, but one thing to keep an eye on with Fister moving forward will be his percentage of ground ball outs. He’s already had two starts this year where he’s recorded eight ground ball outs or less. For reference, that only happened in five of his 25 starts last season. The sinker ball is such a huge part of his game; if it’s not on, he’s not the same pitcher.
Gio Gonzalez, SP: 0-1/ 5.0 IP/ 10.80 ERA
It’s never a good thing when multiple starters are listed here, especially for a team that was expected to have the best rotation in the game. Gonzalez had a less-than-stellar outing Sunday against the Marlins, allowing six earned on 10 hits in just five frames. Yes, he was a victim of Wilson Ramos’ botched run down, but he was unable to work his way out of trouble in the following at-bats. Gio’s allowed three or more runs in three of his first four starts, and has yielded the most walks of any Nats pitcher with 11.
Tanner Roark, RP: 3 GP/ 0-1/ 5.06 ERA
It’s no easy task to go from reliever to starter, then back to reliever again. That’s the takeaway from Roark’s season thus far as he’s been unable to carve out a niche in the Nats’ unsettled bullpen. He’s allowed runs in four of his seven appearances and has already been charged with two losses on the year, including Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to the Marlins. Perhaps things will straighten out for Roark down the line, but the last thing Matt Williams would want right now is to have another Ross Detwiler-esque situation with a former starter.
Jayson Werth, LF: .143 AVG/ .192 OBP/ .190 SLG
When Werth was listed here a week ago, you could make the argument that he was still shaking off the rust after having recently come off the 15-day disabled list. But his struggles haven’t stopped, as he’s notched just seven hits (two of them for extra bases) in 48 at-bats. That’s probably not what Williams would want to see from one of his middle-of-the-order bats. So at what point does this become a concern? His track record certainly says that he’ll be work this out sooner rather than later. But after a tough April, Washington probably needs to see vintage Werth return in a hurry.
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